Arthur Ashe, the legendary Wimbledon player was dying of AIDS. From world over, he received letters from his fans, one of which conveyed: “Why does GOD have to select you for such a bad disease”?
To this Arthur Ashe replied: The world over
5 Crore children start playing tennis,
50 Lakh learn to play tennis,
5 Lakh learn professional tennis,
50,000 come to the circuit,
5000 reach the grand slam,
50 reach Wimbledon,
4 to semi final,
2 to the finals,
When I was holding a cup I never asked GOD “Why me?”
And today in pain I should not be asking GOD “Why me?”
“If I donâ€™t ask â€˜why me?â€™ after my victories, I cannot ask â€˜why me?â€™ after my setbacks and disasters,” he wrote. “I also do not waste time pleading with God to make me well. I was brought up to believe that prayer is not to be invoked to ask God for things for oneself or even for others. Rather, prayer is a medium through which I ask God to show me Godâ€™s will, and to give me the strength to carry out that will.”
Be thankful to GOD for 98% of good things in life…
thanks for sharing this…alot to learn in just one line…
Welcome Priya 🙂
Wow, nice post. Thanks for sharing the story with us Ankur. 🙂
Good one Ankur. :clap:
Arthur Ashe was a good man with many talents. Good post!
Oh wow…how poignant! That’s true though, now that I think about it. Thanks for the great post!:clap:
It was really a great one, it was presented by a speaker on Personality Development, Mr Suneel Keswani at ICSI meeting held on Friday here in New Delhi. Will write more about it… in a separate post 🙂
Arthur Ashe never used words like crore and lakh… This is an Indian version.
And one of his most famous quotes is “From what we get, we can make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.”